Tuesday, July 14, 2020

EXERCISE ROUTINE DURING QUARANTINE

After months of sheltering in place due to Covid-19, a lot of restrictions have eased or been lifted. However, for some of us, the quarantine continues. As the quarantine drags on, I feel that my motivation to exercise is as elusive as a can of disinfectant spray! 

I'm sure some of you can relate to some of the bad habits I've slipped into during this pandemic. Overeating, binge-watching TV shows, spending too much time on social media, etc.

For most of my adult life, I have been a runner. At the age of 40, I became a marathoner! My main form of exercise has always been running. If for some reason, I couldn't run, I would walk.

Living in Georgia, I will admit that I have always had a hard time staying motivated to walk or run outdoors during the summer months. I simply despise the heat and humidity! But over the years, I have somehow managed to continue with my exercise during the summer, even if I had to get up extra early, and sometimes cut back on mileage a bit.

Now, I not only have the stress of the summer heat, but also the added aggravation of trying to maintain social distancing in an area where it's not that easy to do. Especially given the fact that most people here refuse to wear masks, and don't even consider moving over to distance themselves from other runners and walkers. 




In the past, anytime I would feel my motivation waning, I would look for a new goal to keep me going. I would sign up for a race of some sort. Now, due to Covid-19, that is not an option. So what do I do? How do I rekindle the motivation to eat healthier, lose weight, and exercise when I just want to watch Netflix and eat queso dip??

Here are a few things that I think might help get me back on track-

REVISITING MY "WHY"

I think I've lost sight of the "why" behind my goals. Maybe I need to spend some time reflecting on what I hope to gain by losing weight and becoming more fit. 

SCHEDULE AND ROUTINE

I think that our bodies, as well as our brains, function better when we follow a schedule. In thinking back to my days of regular running, I realize that routinely following a plan was crucial. I always had a training schedule, and I would check it before going to bed each night. I would regularly get out of bed early in the morning before the heat and humidity kicked in and head out for my scheduled run or walk. No sitting at the computer drinking multiple cups of coffee while talking myself into putting off the exercise until tomorrow!

I believe it is essential for me to establish and try to maintain a plan once again. I also think it's necessary to allow for some changes to that plan when necessary.

Tonight I'm going to work on creating a workout schedule as well as a new diet plan. In my next post, I will share my ideas, along with my "why."

Y'all stay safe out there!


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